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Where to take a 15 yo budding "foodie" for her birthday?

Likes almost all kinds of foods, don't want to break the bank, but would like to make it special. In Boston or Cambridge.

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  1. Tico, Coppa, Craigie on Main, Bon Chon, OM, or Market.

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    Craigie on Main
    853 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

    Coppa
    253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

    Tico
    222 Berkeley St, Boston, MA 02116

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    1. re: scotty27

      Thanks. Love Craigie, but a little too expensive. And we just went there for my birthday!

    2. My foodie son loved Little Q Hot Pot in East Arlington. We went for lunch and including beverages and a generous tip, I think the bill came to the low $30s. We had a great time and the food was fantastic.

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/768018

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      1. re: three of us

        This is exactly what I was going to recommend, though I would maybe go to one of the options in Chinatown to make it a little more "special". My 15year old self would have been thrilled with hotpot for my birthday.

      2. Toro or Solea (spanish tapas, lots of things to taste and explore).

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        1. re: Boston_Otter

          That's a good idea. We've never been to Toro, she loves tapas, and we were kind of disappointed in Solea the last time we went. Thanks!

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          Toro
          1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

          1. re: MWTrio

            Took my son and two of his friends to Toro when my son turned 12. My son's friends aren't foodies, my son has been eating anything and everything placed in front of him, with discernment, since he was 4. They all loved it; my son's friends were at first a bit scared, but they relaxed and enjoyed everything (one said it was the best restaurant meal he'd ever had). Even got them to try the octopus!

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            Toro
            1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

        2. A 15 y.o. budding foodie of my acquaintance was recently knocked out (as were we all) by the vegetarian tasting menu at Ten Tables in Cambridge. The rest of us ordered the non-veggie tasting menu, which was very good, but hers was better across the board and a huge bargain at $30 (4 courses). Fun vibe, too.

          Another possibility is Kebab Factory in Somerville (near Cambridge line) -- it is not as special-occasiony but the food is great and the vibe is fun -- teenagers I have taken there loved it.

          Shiki in Brookline is another possibility -- think Japanese tapas -- you can try lots of different things and I've not had a miss there. Nice dining room too.

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          Shiki
          9 Babcock Street, Brookline, MA 02446

          The Kebab Factory
          414 Washington St, Somerville, MA 02143

          Ten Tables
          5 Craigie Circle, Cambridge, MA 02138

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          1. re: GretchenS

            +1 on Ten Tables. We did nearly the exact same thing, took a 15 y.o. budding foodie to Ten Tables JP, and we all had the veggie tasting menu. Very interesting, very high quality, and had a certain "excitement" with no one knowing what we'd get until it arrived.

            It was a big hit.

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            Ten Tables
            5 Craigie Circle, Cambridge, MA 02138

          2. have u asked her where she wants to go?